Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
The other birds peered at him with dubious curiosity and little respect. One could not be trusted with such unruly, ill-fitted feathers. Such chaos, they thought. And many a peahen turned their regal plumes away.
But the young peacock was undaunted. For in his sporadic feathers lay worlds of energy and stories untold. Curls of tales and circles of adventure offered far more to a young bird than well-coiffed tail feathers.
Goal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days
A while ago some lovely friends asked me to create something with a focus on peacocks. I was excited about the idea and thought it could be a lot of fun. But as I began working on the project I was bombarded with all of the “stuff” that makes up this beautiful bird: color, lines, shapes, symbolism, more color. I had sketched some ideas and even began a painting, but somehow they weren’t doing the bird – or the friends for that matter – justice. I had to take a step back.
Yesterday I took another swing at the project. I thought about the pea fowl and its complexity. Its bold, brilliant range of colors, lines, and shapes often leaves me in awe. I realized that rather than jumping in with all of these elements to create the work, I needed to break things down. I used black ink on white paper and focused on what I think about when I look at a peacock. The bird is regal and bold with attributes so distinctive color is unnecessary for recognition. I feel the final 7″ x 28″ work exemplifies this.
Now that I have explored the peacock in black and white and determined how I want to approach him, I may give color another whirl. The slideshow below shows my progression on the work.